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Changing the law for casual employees

What has happened so far?

Last month the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Act 2021, also known as the Omnibus Legislation, came into effect.  This reformed the legal definition of a casual employee and introduced a statutory definition of a “casual employee” for the first time in Australia.

For a long time, the accepted thinking was that a casual employee was one who was engaged as such and paid a casual loading.  However, more recently, the Courts have taken a broader approach when determining whether an employee was a casual employee, by assessing various factors … Continue Reading

ASIC’s guidance indicates employers should make a provision in financial reports for employee entitlements owed to past and present casual employees who worked regular and systematic hours

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has issued a guidance note (Guidance) in relation to financial reporting and audit requirements under Chapter 2M of the Corporations Act 2001 (Corporations Act).[1]Continue Reading

Recent changes to Modern Awards – What employers should know

As part of the Commission’s four-yearly review of modern awards[1], the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) recently handed down a number of decisions[2] which have the effect of inserting a model casual conversion clause (Model Clause) into 84 Modern Awards[3] from 1 October 2018.  This provides “regular casual” employees the right to request to convert their employment to permanent full-time or part-time.

The other 28 Modern Awards that already contain a casual conversion clause prior to 1 October 2018 will remain unchanged.

Who can request for casual conversion?

The … Continue Reading

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